Sun, Sand, and Santorini: Exploring the Best Beaches Near Akrotiri

Akrotiri is home to some of the can’t-miss beaches on the island of Santorini, Greece. Whether you want to pause and take glorious photos of beaches unlike anything you’ll see in the rest of the world or you want to pause and spend a day soaking up the sun with your toes in the sand, you’ll find the best beaches near Akrotiri.

Learn the various features of the best beaches near your stay at The Fisherman’s House and other premier accommodations in Santorini.

The Best Beaches Near Akrotiri

When you visit Santorini, allow time to visit the best beaches to experience island life. A unique aspect of the island is that there are many different types of beaches. Learn about each one and what you’ll see while there.

Red Beach

Beachgoers say that the environment here is otherworldly. That’s because the beach’s landscape is unlike anything you’ll see anywhere else in the world.

The waters in Santorini are clear making for beautiful hues on all the beaches. But it’s especially striking on the Red Beach because the cliffs are made from red lava rock. You can capture some stunning photos or just sit and take in the vistas as the blue waters and blue sky frame the red lava rock backdrop. 

Rent an umbrella to sunbathe on the beach. Or take part in a snorkeling adventure. You can do a self-guided snorkeling experience or go with a tour. Just make sure you know what you’re doing if you opt to snorkel solo.

Climb back up to the top to enjoy a canteen with stunning views where you can grab a snack or lunch. Make a day of it with planned excursions or packing up your beach supplies and enjoying the day on one of the most unique beaches you’ll find in the world. 

White Beach

Opposite the red beach is the White Beach. The send has black pebbles in it to offset the stunning white backdrop of the cliffs. If you hope to see this beach without taking a boat tour of Santorini, you can walk from the Red Beach. It’s not the most accessible beach but it is stunning to behold.

Consider a sunset cruise that allows you to get close to the white beach to ensure a safe experience. You can also purchase boat tours that stop and let you get out and enjoy the White Beach for an hour or so. 

Take a splash into the stunning waters and turn and look at the astounding cliff as you soak in the beauty of the island. 

Caldera Beach

This beach is unique because it is a flooded caldera, or the large depression that forms after a volcano erupts. It makes for very deep waters where you can scuba or snorkel. 

The beach is a mix of black volcanic sand, gravel and rocks. Come with water shoes to walk around the beach comfortably. Also be aware if you’re swimming of steep drop-offs, especially if you’ll be visiting the area with your children.

Above the beach, you can enjoy a meal at Panorama, which offers incredible views of the area. 

Best Beaches Near Akrotiri

You’ll find a few umbrellas and chairs available to rent but overall this beach is not the most touristy on the island. That can be both good and bad. You won’t have to contend with tons of traffic but you also won’t have many amenities if that’s what you’re looking for.

It’s a great place to spend some time and watch the sun set slowly below the horizon. The sky turns stunning colors and the view over the water is a can’t-miss experience on the island.

Another reason to visit Caldera Beach is because you can drive right up to it. It’s one of the most accessible beaches on the island where you don’t have to worry about treacherous hikes down to reach the beach. Plus, parking is free.

Stop at Remezzo restaurant to enjoy some classic Greek cuisine. It gets great ratings from past customers.

Almyra Beach

If you’re looking for a quiet beach in Akrotiri Village, Almyra Beach is a good place to stop and relax. Because it is not very easy to reach, it tends to be a little quieter. You’ll need to follow a dirt path on foot to get to the isolated beach. But once you do, you’ll enjoy quiet swims and the crystal waters Santorini is known for.

The beach is composed of small pebbles, so come with smart footwear. It still has stunning sea-sculpted cliffs that are untouched by man-made creations. Most of the people you’ll see on the beach are locals because it isn’t a tourist hot spot. 

The fish tavern on the beach is delicious, serving fresh fish and produce. And for an added benefit, the owners make their own wine, meaning you can enjoy delicious local wines while you relax.

For the ultimate serenity, spend a day at Almyra Beach and don’t miss the fresh food at the fish tavern.

Balos Beach

If you love untouched nature, Balos Beach is an interesting visit. You’ll find no signs of tourism, except for some sunbeds that have been deserted for many years.

Take in the simple architecture of Church of Agios Nikolaos. Or experience old boats left at the docks. A rare experience for Santorini, Balos Beach features sand instead of rock. Just the same, it’s smart to have water shoes when you visit to protect yourself.

Because the beach is mostly untouched, you’ll find many creatures swimming about, including sea urchins. 

It isn’t a very lively place to visit. But it is wild and will provide a look into the natural beauty of Santorini.

Black Beach

This is another beach that is easy to access, which is great news for tourists who aren’t interested in a hike to reach a beach. The beach has a parking lot. Just be aware that parking gets congested during tourist season. 

The beach is well-known for its black volcanic sand, which is a stark contrast with the clear waters. It creates a unique experience and one you don’t want to miss.

Some activities worth taking part in during your visit include:

  • Parasailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Diving
  • Surfing
  • Water bikes
  • Kitesurfing
  • Banana boating
  • Canoeing
  • Surfing
  • Going on a boat tour

Where to Stay in Akrotiri

To relax at some of the best beaches in Santorini, stay at The Fisherman’s House. You’ll avoid the tourist crowds and get within walking distance of the unique beaches that are nearby.

Plus, you’ll get a home-like feel at this popular guest house. The setting features classic Greek aesthetics with a private pool and poolside bar. You’ll get a complimentary continental breakfast served in your room each day, plus enjoy room service. Book your stay now to reserve one of Akrotiri’s best accommodations to relax and enjoy your stay.

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Published May 9, 2024

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